IPW Resources

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International Partner's Workshop Resources

Each year, the Prolinnova partners gather for an International Partners Workshop (IPW). This is hosted each time by a different Country Platform or by the International Support Team. Resource materials in preparation for and presented during the IPW and the final IPW reports are posted here:


IPW 2017 held in northern Ghana

Prolinnova partners and friends from 20 countries took part in the 2017 International Partners Workshop (IPW) on 15–18 May 2017 in Tamale in northern Ghana. The meeting was hosted by ACDEP (Association of Church-based Development Projects), the NGO that coordinates the multistakeholder Prolinnova platform in Ghana as well as the Proli-FaNS (Promoting local innovation in Food and Nutrition Security) project in five African countries: Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ghana and Kenya.


The network’s governance body, the Prolinnova Oversight Group (POG), met during the weekend immediately before the IPW to deliberate on fundamental strategic and operational issues central to the future of Prolinnova as an international network, including governance issues. It reviewed the status of implementation of projects and other initiatives under the Prolinnova umbrella. It also reviewed the existing Prolinnova guidelines and proposed new ones. It assessed and approved an application from Timor Leste to join the Prolinnova network as a new Country Platform (CP).  

During the IPW, representatives of the various CPs engaged in lively exchange and constructive discussions from early in the morning until late in the evening, showing their great commitment to the vision of Prolinnova. The marketplace and thematic sessions on local innovation for food and nutrition security, with a focus on gender issues, allowed participants to share their work and achievements and to learn from each other’s ideas and suggestions. Inputs from related work of Groundswell International in West Africa, CIKOD (Centre for Indigenous Knowledge and Organisational Development) and IIRR (International Institute of Rural Reconstruction) also provided rich food for thought.

The newly appointed Prolinnova Subregional Coordinators – Amanuel Assefa for Eastern & Southern Africa and Georges Djohy for West & Central Africa – were introduced to the network. Participants from CPs in Africa and Asia had the opportunity to develop their plans for South–South mentoring, joint policy dialogue, fundraising and other regional activities.

Within the few days together in Tamale, the POG and the CP partners also managed to agree on criteria for selecting the future host organisation of the Prolinnova International Secretariat; to discuss issues of governance at national, regional and global level; and to make plans for the coming year.

A field visit to Yendi Municipality in the Northern Region – one of the Proli-FaNS action-learning sites in Ghana – rounded off the IPW and brought the participants in direct communication with men and women innovators in crop and livestock husbandry, food processing and soap making.

The IPW report is being compiled by the International Secretariat with the help of two students from University of Virginia and their professor, David Edmunds, who has organised internships of his students with Prolinnova partners in Africa and Asia over the past three years.

The Prolinnova network makes every effort to keep the costs of the IPW low so that the annual meeting can take place despite the fact that there is no core funding for it. Several participants covered costs out of their existing projects (including the Proli-FaNS project funded by Misereor/KZE) or their own pocket. The network is extremely grateful to the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) for covering the travel costs of Southern participants who did not have access to any project funding.

IIRR has offered to hosted IPW 2018 in the Philippines, hopefully together with a smallholder farmer innovation fair, and fundraising efforts have started already.

The report on the IPW 2017 can be found here.


Announcing IPW 2017 in Tamale, Ghana

Prolinnova-Ghana is hosting this year’s International Partners Workshop (IPW). ACDEP (Association of Church-based Development Projects), the NGO that coordinates the multistakeholder Country Platform (CP) in Ghana, is handling the overall coordination of the meeting, which will be held at the University of Development Studies Conference Centre in Tamale, northern Ghana, on 15-18 May. The participants will also be acommodated in the conference centre.

The first three days will be the partners meeting, followed by an (optional) field visit on Thursday 18 May. We will also piggyback other meetings before and after the IPW, on 13-14 May and on 19 May, e.g. of the Prolinnova Oversight Group (POG) and other Prolinnova initiatives such as Proli-FaNS (Promoting local innovation in Food and Nutrition Security).

The costs are borne by the participants. CP coordinators in Africa, Asia and the Andes have nominated representatives from each CP to attend the IPW 2017 and have obtained funding for their participation from project budgets (e.g. through Misereor), from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and from other sources, including their own pockets.

The programme (see below in English and French) was drawn up through a participatory process to include topics that network partners deem interesting and relevant. The opening session will be a policy-influencing event together with a marketplace of resources about experiences in the different countries. Particular attention will be given to local innovation and farmer-led participatory research for food and nutrition security, with a focus on gender issues, drawing on ongoing activities of several Prolinnova CPs. Another major topic will be how to strengthen policy dialogue to create enabling conditions for farmer-led research and development.

The two new Subregional Coordinators of the Prolinnova platforms in West & Central Africa - Georges Djohy from Benin - and in Eastern & Southern Africa - Amanuel Assefa from Ethiopia - will be introduced and welcomed in their new positions, set up to support the process of regionalisation of Prolinnova activities, starting in Africa.

General information for participants can be found here. The programme for the IPW in English and French can be found below.

For more information about the event, please contact Michael Pervarah in ACDEP (mcpervarah@acdep.org) and Chesha Wettasinha in the Prolinnova International Secretariat (c.wettasinha@kit.nl).


Prolinnova International Partners Workshop (IPW) 2017, Tamale, Ghana, 15–18 May 2017






08:30 – 10:30

Organisation of the market place: CP participants set up stalls to showcase own material as well as the projects they are involved in under the Prolinnova umbrella such as FaReNe, University of Virginia internships, A Growing Culture, Nuffic-funded PID training and others



Opening of the workshop 

Welcome and opening addresses

(organised by ACDEP)

POG report and issues


Findings from e-evaluation 2016



Regionalisation of the Prolinnova network

Africa – progress to date; introduction of subregional coordinators; role of taskforces; host organisations; transfer of tasks from international secretariat

Asia – current situation and what is next?

Latin America – current situation and what is next?

Network-related issues – revised guidelines; National Steering Committees, host organisations; minimum commitments; reduced number of CPs; contact persons in some countries; procedure for new CPs


Fundraising – at national, regional and international level (in the context of transition to regions/South)

What is in the pipeline?

How to make funding more sustainable?

How to ensure that all CPs have funds to continue their work?

Field visit

10:30 – 11:00

Tea break (Market opens)

Tea break

Tea break


11:00 – 12:30

Opening session – visitors interact with CPs in the market

Regionalisation of Prolinnova (continued)



International Secretariat – from KIT to host in the Global South

Criteria and potential host organisations

Process of transition

North–South linkages

Changing role and location of International Support Team

Focal point in Global North

Open Space – World Café

Field visit

12:30 – 14:00

Lunch – market continues




14:00 – 15:30

Introductions, programme and logistics


Introduction of Subregional Coordinators


PID for food and nutrition security with focus on women

Introduction to Proli-FaNS and objectives

Current status of implementation

Influencing policy to create enabling conditions for local innovation and PID 

Experiences of the network and guest organisations/ projects; new ideas, tools such as Research and Policy in Development (RAPID) Outcome Assessment


Review of action plan 2016 and preparation of action plan 2017


15:30 – 16:00

Tea break

Tea break

Tea break


16:00 – 17:30

PID for food and nutrition security with focus on women

Experiences of Proli-FaNS and other projects in relation to LI/PID for food and nutrition security, with focus on women (eg. FaReNe; GRC etc)


Monitoring and evaluation of LI/PID processes – Capacity to innovate as an aspect to evaluate


Evaluation of workshop and wrap-up

Feedback from field visit teams


Screening of videos (from different CPs)

Social evening – bring traditional clothing and music!!!

Preparation of field visit


Atelier International de Partenaires de Prolinnova (IPW) 2017, Tamale, Ghana, 15–18 Mai 2017







08:30 – 10:30

Organisation de l’endroit  du marché: des participants PP mettent en place des stands pour présenter leurs propres matériaux ainsi que les projets dont ils travail sous Prolinnova tels que FaReNe, les stages de l’Université de Virginia, A Growing Culture et la formation DPI financé par Nuffic, et d’autres



Ouverture de l’atelier 

Accueil et cérémonie d’ouverture 

(organisé par ACDEP)

Le rapport de POG et des questions 


Des résultats de l’évaluation 2016 



La régionalisation du réseau Prolinnova

Afrique– progrès jusqu’à présent; rôles des coordinateurs sous-régionaux; rôle des taskforces; organisations hôtes; le transfert de tâches du secrétariat international

Asie– la situation actuelle et prochaine

Amérique Latine– situation actuelle et prochaine

Des questions associées au réseau – revoir les lignes directrices; Comités Nationaux de Pilotage, organisations hôtes; des engagements minimums; nombre réduit de PPs; des personnes à contacter en certains pays sans PP; la procédure pour des nouveaux PPs


Collecte de fonds – au niveau national, régional et international (dans le contexte de transition aux régions/au Sud)

Qu’est-ce qu’il est en cours de réalisation ?

Comment faire le financement plus durable ?

Comment assurer que tous les PPs ont assez de fonds pour continuer leur travail ?

Visite au terrain

10:30 – 11:00

Pause-café (marché ouvre)




11:00 – 12:30

Début de la session – interaction au marché entre les visiteurs et les PPs

Régionalisation du réseau Prolinnova (suite)



Secrétariat International – transfert du KIT à un hôte au Sud Global

Critères et organisations hôtes potentielles

Processus de transition de relation Nord–Sud

Changement du rôle et l’emplacement d’Equipe Internationale d’Appui

Point focal du Nord Global

Open Space – Café Mondial

Visite au terrain

12:30 – 14:00

Déjeuner – marché continue




14:00 – 15:30

Introduction, programme et logistiques


Introduction de coordinateurs sous-régionaux  


DPI pour la sécurité alimentaire et nutritionnelle avec l’accent sur des femmes 

Introduction à Proli-FaNS et des objectives

La situation actuelle de la mise en œuvre

Influencer la politique afin de créer des conditions possibles pour l’innovation locale et DPI 

Des expériences réseautages et des projets /organisations; nouvelles idées, outils tels que Research and Policy in Development (RAPID) Outcome Assessment (Recherche et Politique en matière du Développement Evaluation des Résultats)


Revue de plan d’action 2016 et préparation de plan d’action 2017


15:30 – 16:00





16:00 – 17:30

DPI pour la sécurité alimentaire et nutritionnelle avec l’accent sur des femmes 

Expériences de Proli-FaNS et d’autres projets liés aux Innovations Locales / PID pour la sécurité alimentaire et nutritionnelle, avec l’accent sur des femmes (ex. FaReNeGRC etc.)


Suivi et évaluation de processus de l’Innovation Locale/PID – Capacité d’innover comme un aspect à évaluer


Evaluation de l’atelier et conclusion 

Retour d’information des équipes de visite de terrain


Des vidéos (de différents PPs)

Soirée de rendez-vous – apportez les vêtements traditionnels et de la musique!!!

Préparation de visite de terrain


2016 Prolinnova International Partners Workshop Report (16-19 May 2016, Senegal) (PDF file; size: 2.9MB)

IPW 2016 held in Senegal

 Photo: Taylor Barry

The 18-minute video made by Thiès TV about the IPW2016 - reporting on participants from 22 countries who met in Thiès to discuss local innovation and methodologies to promote participatory innovation development - can be found here:

Vidéo- Atelier PROLINNOVA-PROFEIS: 22 pays à Thies pour discuter des innovations et méthodologies culturales…

PROLINNOVA International Partners Workshop Report 2016 (pdf file: 2.9 MB)

Prolinnova/PROFEIS–Senegal coordinated by Agrecol-Afrique hosted the 2016 Prolinnova International Partners Workshop (IPW) in the week of 16–20 May 2016. Files of the presentations are inserted into the programme below.


Programme Prolinnova IPW 2016, Thiès, Senegal

Host: Agrecol Afrique

Venue: Centre Tostan

14–15 May: Parallel meetings of Prolinnova Oversight Group (POG) and PROFEIS/FaReNe (Farmer-led Research Networks)

15 May: CLIC-SR (Combining Local Innovative Capacity with Scientific Research) annual meeting

16–18 May: IPW

19 May: Field visit

20 May: Meeting of West African partners of PROFEIS/Prolinnova and Global Resilience Challenge (GRC)

21–23 May: GRC project meeting


Monday 16 May

Tuesday 17 May

Wednesday 18 May

Thurs. 19 May


8h30 – 10h30






Organisation of the marketplace (at Centre Tostan)

Organised by Jean-Marie Diop and Eunice Karanja

Participants set up stall for own CP – bring reports, booklets, photos, posters, etc.)


Opening session: Keynotes

Organised by PROFEIS/Prolinnova–Senegal



POG report and issues

Organised by Chris Macoloo and Ann Waters-Bayer


Prolinnova strategy 2016–20

Task team: Brigid Letty, Ann Waters-Bayer, CheshaWettasinha, Chris Macoloo



Network issues: decision-making on CPs’ and IST’s minimum commitments

Organised by Chris Macoloo and PratapShrestha


International Farmer Innovation Day (IFID)

Organised by Sonali Bisht and Emily Monville


Regional and national farmer innovation fairs – feedback from 2015

Organised by Jean Bosco Etoa and Maria Omonte


Fundraising: status and future possibilities

Organised by Dharma Dangol and AmanuelAssefa


Field visit

10h30 – 11h00

Tea break: market open

Tea break

Tea break

Tea break







Opening session / marketplace (continued)

KIT presentation, current host of International Secretariat

By Bart Steenhuijsen de Piters

Strategy: continued

Open Space / World Café

Organised by Harriet Ndagire and Patrick Lameck

(participants suggest topics to be discussed; tables are facilitated per topic by person who suggested topic; participants circulate between tables)

Field visit

13h00 -14h00

Lunch: market open





Introductions, explanation of programme and logistics

Organised by PROFEIS/Prolinnova Senegal

Local innovative capacity and resilience

Farmer-led Research Networks and community resilience  

Experiences from CLIC–SR and the Global Resilience Challenge Team

Organised by Peter Gubbels and YohannesGebreMichael

Strategy: continued



Review of action plan IPW 2015; planning for 2016

Organised by Joe Nchor and Joshua Zake

Feedback from field visit (possibly during a late lunch)


Organised by TsuambaBourgou


15h30 -16h00

Tea break

Tea break

Tea break



16h00 – 17h30



DOLI (Development Outcomes of Local Innovation) research study – introduction, what the research is about and update on progress

Organised by Chesha Wettasinha and Ann Waters-Bayer

Gender & youth issues in Prolinnova

Organised by Susan Kaaria, Mawahib Ahmed and Gabriela Quiroga Gilardoni

Wrap-up and evaluation

Organised by IIRR


Organised by PROFEIS/Prolinnova Senegal

Departure of participants (not staying for the 20–23 May meetings)



Social evening

Organised by PROFEIS/Prolinnova–Senegal

Preparation for field visit

Organised by PROFEIS/Prolinnova–Senegal




List of participants




Amanuel Assefa


Precise Consult International

Ann Waters-Bayer


Prolinnova International Support Team

Assétou Kanouté



Bart de Steenhuijsen Piters



Bourama Diakité



Bourgou Tsuamba

Burkina Faso


Brigid Letty

South Africa

Institute of Natural Resources

Chantheang Tong



Chesha Wettasinha


Prolinnova International Support Team

Chris Macoloo


World Neighbors

David Edmunds


University of Virginia

Dharma Dangol


Tribhuvan University

Djibril Diarra



Djibril Thiam



Do Christophe Ouattara

Burkina Faso

World Neighbors

Emily Monville



Eunice Wambui Karanja


Prolinnova/World Neighbors

Gabriela Quiroga


Prolinnova International Support Team

Harriet Ndagire


Kulika Uganda

Jean Bosco Etoa



Jean Marie Diop


Prolinnova International Support Team

Joseph Nchor


ACDEP (Association of Church-based Development Projects)

Joshua Zake


Environmental Alert

Kate Schecter


World Neighbors

Loren Cardelli


A Growing Culture

Maria Omonte (could not join)


World Neighbors

Mathieu Ouedraogo (could not join)

Burkina Faso


Mawahib Ahmed (could not join)


National Center for Agricultural Research

Mutizwa Mukute


independent consultant

Patrick Lameck



Peter Gubbels


Groundswell International

Pratap Shrestha



Samuel Glover Campbell


University of Virginia

Sanou Issouf

Burkina Faso

National Farmers Association

Sebgo Seydou

Burkina Faso


Seema Kumari



Siaka Bangali

Burkina Faso


Simon Mwangonda


Ileje Rural Development Organisation

Sonali Bisht



Susan Kaaria



Taylor Mariel Barry


University of Virginia

Thomas Price


Global Forum for Agricultural Research (GFAR) Secretariat

Tyler Berkeley


University of Virginia

Yohannes GebreMichael


Addis Ababa University



Information for participants attending the Prolinnova IPW

Senegal, in West Africa, is the westernmost country of the African continent on the Atlantic Ocean, at the junction of Europe, Africa and the Americas. Senegal is at a major crossroad for sea and air routes. Covering an area of ​​196,722 km2, it is bounded to the north by Mauritania, to the east by Mali, to the south by Guinea and Guinea Bissau, to the west by Gambia and the Atlantic Ocean on a 500 km front. Dakar (550 km2), the capital, is a peninsula located in the extreme west. Three rivers cross the country from east to west: the Senegal River (1700 km) in the north, the Gambia (750 km) and the Casamance (300 km) in the south. Senegal is characterised by two seasons – a dry season from November to June and a rainy season from July to October – and three types of vegetation: forest in the south, savannah in the centre and steppe in the north. Senegal has fourteen regions with an estimated population of 14 million inhabitants.


Visa and immigration requirements

Since 1 July 2013, a biometric visa is required to enter Senegal for nationals of countries that require Senegalese nationals to pay a visa fee. Nationals of other countries must present a passport, or a valid national identity card in the case of nationals of ECOWAS countries. This biometric visa is issued at the diplomatic and consular offices in thirteen countries – France, Spain, Belgium, USA, Italy, China, Cameroon, India, Germany, Mauritania, South Africa, Russia and Gambia – as well as at the Senegal border posts. Visa fees were abolished in April 2015.

Please bring with you a copy of the invitation to the IPW and other related meetings as well as a travel authorisation of your own organisation.

For more information, please check the website of the Immigration Department of Senegal: http://www.gouv.sn/-Ambassades-et-consulats-etrangers-.html

Participants from Bolivia, Kenya, Nepal, Tanzania and Uganda can also send a copy of their passports to Djibril Thiam (thiamdjibril@yahoo.fr) and assistance from Agrecol Afrique will be provided if needed to get a visa.


Health requirements

Yellow fever and hepatitis A and B vaccinations are strongly recommended, as well as malaria prophylaxis. It is recommended to travel to Senegal with your health card/book.



In May, the period of the IPW, it is warm in Thiès. The temperature varies during the day between 19°C and 32°C. This is the dry season with a dry wind.


International flights

Participants have to arrange their own flights (including CLIC–SR partners, who also are responsible for booking and buying their own air tickets).

Dakar is one of the largest airports in West Africa. It is served by almost all airline companies that operate in Africa.


Upon arrival at Dakar Airport

Please look for your name or “Prolinnova”on a welcoming sign inside or outside the airport terminal. A vehicle will be sent to fetch you from the airport and take you to Thiès or to a hotel in Dakar. If you cannot locate anybody to pick you up, please call DjibrilThiam: 00221771139716 or 00221766450531.

Transport from Dakar to the venue in Thiès will be arranged by Agrecol Afrique and will cost 10000FCFA / € 15 per person (round trip).

If your flight arrives in the evening and you need to spend the night in Dakar, please send an email to Djibril Thiam (thiamdjibril@yahoo.fr) and the Prolinnova International Secretariat (g.quiroga@kit.nl and c.wettasinha@kit.nl). A single room will be booked for you at Sargal Hotel (http://www.sargalhotel.com/index3.php). The cost of a single room is 35000FCFA / € 54, breakfast included.



The currency of Senegal is CFA Francs (FCFA). 1 Euro (€) = 655.957 FCFA and 1 USD = 590 FCFA (11/03/2016). There are many domestic and foreign banks in Senegal. The city of Thiès is the city in Senegal that is second best served by banks, after Dakar the capital. Money can be exchanged through the banks or exchange booths at the airport or in Thiès. Only FCFA can be drawn from the ATMs.



The meeting will take place at the NGO "Tostan Training Centre". This is a venue located 5 km from the centre of Thiès:

Tostan Training Centre

Route de Tassette, BP 326

Thiès, Senegal

Tel: +221 33 952 04 36

A welcome dinner will be held on 17 May in the evening and a farewell and cultural evening will be held on 20 May in the garden of the Centre or on the garden level of the Chamber of Commerce of Thiès (tbc).

There is wireless Internet connectivity in the bedrooms as well as in the meeting rooms, the restaurant and the garden.

The rooms at Tostan Centre are limited in number and will be shared: 

Double room with ceiling fan only (two occupants – sharing basis) € 26 total.

Double room with air conditioning (two occupants – sharing basis) € 29 total.

All prices include breakfast.

Payments at Tostan Centre can be made only in cash on local currency (FCFA), so please plan accordingly.


Meeting venue

The IPW will also take place in the Tostan Training Centre in Thiès. There are different meeting rooms and a garden that can also be used for group discussion. The official opening will be held in the big hall.



Lunches and coffee/tea will be provided during the meetings, and water will be available throughout the sessions. During lunch, water or a soft drink will be provided. Anyone wanting something different can order from the menu and pay for the extras.

For self-financed participants, the tea breaks and water during the meetings will cost about € 4 per person per day, while lunch and dinner will cost about € 12 per person per day.

Please let us know if you have specific dietary requirements, as this may require a prior arrangement.

Dinner outside the Centre is possible but has to be arranged by participants themselves.

Other expenses

No per diems will be paid to participants; you will have to cover any other costs yourself.


Electricity supply is 220 volt AC 50 Hz. Bring an adapter for the proper plug configuration. Both round 2-pronged and rectangular 3-pronged plug sockets are in use.


Medical services

There are many private and government medical centres for services, if needed. At any time, the IPW organising committee or the Centre can make arrangements, including a vehicle. Simply call one of the organisers (phone numbers given above) or go to the reception of the Centre. The costs of medical help would have to be borne by the participants themselves. It would be advisable for participants to get a travel insurance for the duration of their stay in Senegal.

Field visit

A field visit – optional – to meet farmer innovators and an agroecological farm will be organised as part of the IPW. The costs for the visit are as follows: transport 2500FCFA/ € 4 and food 5000 FCFA / € 8, so a total of € 12 per person.

2015 Prolinnova International Partners Workshop Report: 27–30 April 2015, Remhai Hotel in Axum Axum Town, Tigray Region, Ethiopia  (PDF file; size: 3.8 MB)


2014 Prolinnova International Partners Workshop Report : 12-15 May 2014, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
 (PDF file; size: 701 KB)

PowerPoint Presentations at IPW 2014:



2013 Prolinnova International Partners Workshop Report (27-28 May 2013 in Kenya) (PDF file; size: 680 KB)


2012 Prolinnova International Partners Workshop Report (12-14 March 2012, Bamako, Mali) (PDF file; size: 570 KB)

PowerPoint Presentations at IPW 2012:


Prolinnova–Tanzania hosted IPW in March 2011

The annual International Partners Workshop (IPW) was hosted on 21–25 March 2011 by the Prolinnova–Tanzania National Steering Committee and the coordinating NGO PELUM–Tanzania (www.prolinnova.net/tanzania). About 30 people from Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe took part. It was preceded by a “writeshop” on experiences made by eight of the Prolinnova Country Platforms (CPs), including the one in Tanzania, in piloting Local Innovation Supports Funds (www.prolinnova.net/lisf). 

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